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Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There

March 17, 2018

Been there. So have you.

Done that. You have, too.

Something’s off. We know it, even if we don’t know exactly what it is.

“As though you woke up one morning and found yourself in a different life,” is how seminary professor Amy Oden paints that picture in Disciplines 18, page 98.

She points us to Jeremiah 31:31-34 as a prescription, and then writes,

Notice what God does not suggest in the midst of this pain:

“Work harder!” or “Get busy!” or “reclaim the original covenant!”

God does not prescribe a program of self-improvement

or a new covenant to restore relationship.

So what’s left for us to do?!

Don’t just do something, sit there. Let God be God —

God forgives, 

wipes the slate clean, and offers a new relationship!

And this new covenant is not based on people’s ability to keep it.

It’s based on God’s forgiveness and love.

Again, don’t just do something, sit there. And let God be God —

We will miss it

if we try harder

or get busier.

Let God be God.

There’s a time for you and me to not do anything.

Just sit there.

But let’s at least be thankful, eh?

And then let’s go back and re-read my blog from yesterday.

And let’s find some balance, or some integration, of these two.

But for right now, don’t just do something…sit there.

And let God be God.

As Amy Oden reminds us,

We will miss it

if we try harder

or get busier.

 

 

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